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Margaret Hoover has been a lifelong member of the Republican Party. She grew up a self-described "ditto head." She worked in the White House for President George W. Bush. Today she is a political commentator for Fox News, where, as one of Bill O’Reilly’s Culture Warriors, she regularly champions the conservative cause. She also happens to be the great-granddaughter of the 31st president of the United States, Herbert Hoover. These impeccable conservative credentials underscore the ...
Margaret Hoover has been a lifelong member of the Republican Party. She grew up a self-described "ditto head." She worked in the White House for President George W. Bush. Today she is a political commentator for Fox News, where, as one of Bill O’Reilly’s Culture Warriors, she regularly champions the conservative cause. She also happens to be the great-granddaughter of the 31st president of the United States, Herbert Hoover. These impeccable conservative credentials underscore the gravity of her deep-seated concerns about the future of the Republican Party. Her party, she believes, has fallen dangerously out of step with the rising generation of young Americans.
In American Individualism, Margaret Hoover challenges the up-and-coming millennial generation to take another look at the Republican Party. Although they rarely identify themselves as Republicans, Hoover contends that these young men and women who helped elect President Barack Obama are sympathetic to the fundamental principles of conservatism. She makes a compelling case for how the GOP can right itself and capture the allegiance of this “fiscally conservative but socially liberal” group. She believes that her party is uniquely positioned to offer solutions for the most pressing problems facing America – skyrocketing debt and deficits, crises in education and immigration, a war against Islamist supremacy – but that it is held back by the outsized influence within the party of social and religious conservatives. Her book urges millennials to reconsider the Republican Party, while spelling out the steps the party must take in order for it to become the political home for the millennial generation.
American Individualism is Hoover’s call to action for Republicans to embrace a conservatism that emphasizes individual freedom both in economic policy and in the realm of social issues, in order to appeal to the new generation of voters. The Republican Party, Hoover asserts, can win the support of the millennials while at the same time remaining faithful to conservative principles. In a journey that is both political and personal, Hoover rediscovers these bedrock conservative values in the writings of her great-grandfather, President Herbert Hoover, who emphasized the vital importance of individual freedom to the American way of life and who sought to strike a delicate balance in identifying the limited yet essential role the federal government should play in the lives of individual Americans. She believes that her great-grandfather's philosophy can help show the conservative movement how to rise above the divisive tribalism and litmus-test mindset that have isolated it from those who might otherwise respond to its message.
Margaret Hoover advocates a conservatism that is fully consistent with the original impulses of the American conservative movement. It evokes her great-grandfather's emphasis on the values of civic responsibility and service to others, instincts instilled in the millennial generation. She argues that the Republican Party today must evolve in order to achieve greatness, and that it can do so without compromising its tried-and-true fundamental principles. On the contrary, those enduring principles, consistently applied, will enable it to attract a younger following.
An impassioned and persuasive political manifesto grounded in 20th century history and targeted at the most perplexing problems of the 21st century, Margaret Hoover’s American Individualism offers provocative ideas not just for reinvigorating the Republican Party, but for strengthening America in the decades ahead.
“Hoover is an engaging personality with timely advice for Republicans. Her book and her message…are helpful guides to candidates and political operatives. And frankly, the Republican Party of New York…might do well to get her on the ballot somewhere in 2012.”
– Washington Post
“The 2012 Republican nominee would do well to take a page from Hoover’s book — a lot of pages.”
– Chicago Sun Times
1 Growing Up Hoover 1
2 Conservative Tribalism 25
3 Meet the Millennials 53
4 Generational Theft 69
5 Freedom Means Freedom for Everyone 89
6 Education Reform: A Civil Rights Win for the Millennial Generation 111
7 A New Republican Feminism 129
8 The Choice Dilemma 143
9 Conservative Environmentalism 159
10 A Nation of Immigrants, a Nation of Borders 175
11 Islamist Supremacy: A Millennial's Worst Nightmare 191
12 America the Exceptional 205
Posted September 17, 2011
I found some parts of the book very interesting, such as the history of her great grandfather's presidency and general biographical information. I found other parts of the book rather trite, such as the scolding you received if you do not agree with every aspect of the stand taken on social issues.
There was a lot of poll numbers cited with explanations of why these poll numbers are they way they are with the millennials; this went on for a number of chapters. I really enjoy Ms. Hoover's commentary on Fox and I guess I was expecting a little more. Not a waste of time by any means, but on the whole not a "couldn't put it down" read.
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Posted July 27, 2011
I am in my mid-twenties, a moderate when it comes to politics. Fiscal conservative, social liberal. Many in the GOP establishment wouldn't accept a person with my beliefs as a Republican. Thus, many young adults consider themselves Dems or Independents. This books tells the Reps to be more accepting and catch up with the times. It also says people of diverse beliefs can be in the GOP! Goid, easy read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.